True to her maximalist aesthetic, Sara Cavazza drew inspiration from the Eighties for her fall collection for Genny, which featured stirrup pants, shoulder pads and lashings of gold embellishment.
The designer riffed on her signature Grecian goddess white-and-gold color scheme and sprinkled in some Art Deco touches, like the geometric neckline on a black jumpsuit with billowing lace sleeves that incorporated the letters of the brand’s logo.
Among her more outré propositions were a lamé jacket with leg-o’-mutton sleeves, or a chubby color-block fox-fur jacket with bands of horizontal gold sequins — both of which were fabulous in an “only in Las Vegas” way. Cavazza mashed up fabrics and embellishments with mixed results: For instance, a fuzzy white coat spliced with athletic-inspired panels of gold sequins was neither fish nor fowl.
While many of her designs seemed targeted at extroverts, some of the sportier looks could find favor with a younger generation reared on modern-day deities like the Kardashians and Rihanna. Short dresses — floaty or tight — worn with slouchy knee-high boots, in particular, had a certain laid-back appeal.